What Are the Symptoms of Respiratory Distress?

  • Medical Author:
    George Schiffman, MD, FCCP

    Dr. Schiffman received his B.S. degree with High Honors in biology from Hobart College in 1976. He then moved to Chicago where he studied biochemistry at the University of Illinois, Chicago Circle. He attended Rush Medical College where he received his M.D. degree in 1982 and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency at the University of California, Irvine.

  • Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

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What are the symptoms of respiratory distress?

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Respiratory distress implies an increased respiratory rate (faster breathing). Respiratory distress is sometimes manifested by an exaggerated use of the muscles of respiration, such as the accessory muscles of respiration primarily around the neck and shoulders. Respiratory distress can result from a variety of causes. Anxiety, infections, heart failure, asthma, pulmonary emboli (blood clots to the lung), and neurologic dysfunction are just of few of the causes of respiratory distress.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care

REFERENCE:

"Acute respiratory distress syndrome: Clinical features and diagnosis in adults"
UpToDate.com


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Reviewed on 9/18/2017

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